NEW YORK: James Ingram, a Grammy winner known for his soulful R&B hits, has died, his friends and colleagues said Tuesday. He was 66 years old.
“I have lost my dearest friend and creative partner James Ingram to the Celestial Choir,” performer Debbie Allen tweeted.
“He will always be cherished, loved and remembered for his genius, his love of family and his humanity.”
A native of the US state of Ohio, Ingram launched his music career with the band Revelation Funk and later played keyboard for soul pioneer Ray Charles.
His rise to fame came after he lent his smooth vocals to the songs “Just Once” and “One Hundred Ways” on an album recorded by industry legend Quincy Jones.
Ingram earned three Grammy nominations for the works, including Best New Artist, winning for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 1981.
With Jones, he also co-wrote Michael Jackson’s hit “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing).”
“There are no words to convey how much my <3 aches,” tweeted Jones. “With that soulful, sounding voice, James was simply magical.”
“He was, & always will be, beyond compare.”
Over his career, Ingram was nominated for 14 Grammys along with two Golden Globes and two Oscars, one for his duet with singer Patti Austin, “How Do you Keep the Music Playing?” that was featured in the movie “Best Friends.”
Aziz Mian Qawwal remembered on his birth anniversary
ISLAMABAD: The legendary traditional singer Aziz Mian Qawwal was remembered on Wednesday across the country on his 78 birth anniversary.
He was born in Delhi on 17th April 1942 and migrated to Pakistan soon after partition. He obtained his master degrees in Arabic, Persian language, Persian literature, Urdu literature and history from the University of Punjab.
He was also famous for singing ghazals in qawwali style. For his contributions to music, the government of Pakistan had awarded him the Pride of Performance award in 1989.
With his outstanding talented in music and singing he introduced new style of qawwali which earned him fame across the globe.
Aziz Mian Qawwal was known for his extempore expressions while performing live concerts.
Aziz Mian was died on December 6, 2000 after complications developed in hepatitis he was suffering from. He was laid to rest in Multan.
Belt and Road film to debut worldwide during forum
BEIJING: Film “Common Destiny” themed on the Belt and Road will hit global screens during the second Belt and Road International Cooperation Forum.
As an embodiment of a community with a shared future for humanity, the film shows how the Belt and Road has changed the lives of ordinary people from around the world, according to the film roadshow held on Tuesday.
It tells stories of different people pursuing their dreams, including a 13-year-old boy from Xinjiang, who harbors a basketball dream and works hard in hope of meeting his idol Yao Ming, and an elderly man from Spain, a craftsman of hand-made paper, coming to China in search of the origin of paper-making.
The film’s screenwriter Guy Hibbert, who won four British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards, said the Belt and Road Initiative has attracted worldwide attention and has the power of transformation, adding that it has boosted new industries and broad cooperation across the globe.
Made up of members from China, the United States and Britain, the production team traveled over 300,000 km across Asia, Africa, Europe and South America in two years to shoot the film.
The film will also be released on international mainstream media as well as media platforms of countries and regions along the Belt and Road.
Comedy Night by Theatre Wallay!
ISLAMABAD: Improv Shimprov, a fresh episode of an Urdu improvisational show by Theatre Wallay will entertain the fun lovers of twin-cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad with comedy theatre here on 21st April.
Improvisational theatre, also called improv, is almost always comedic in nature. All scenes created on stage are unplanned and unscripted as the performers collaboratively create a story and scene spontaneously.
In the performance titled “Improv Shimprov II”, the performers will also create scenes based on audience suggestions involving the audience in healthy activities that include laughter and ideas sharing.
The show has been dedicated to Improv Guru – Jim Robinson – who came to Pakistan twice and conducted training sessions for Theatre Wallay team. The performers will show him how they are practicing what they learned from Jim Robinson, this fresh episode has a fresh and trained team. The audience is not just spectators, but active participants in this wonderful fun-filled show said the organizers.
Theatre Wallay is a non-commercial group of artists with a passion for theatre and literature. Active in Islamabad since 2005, Theatre Wallay has put up many performances of plays hailing from world literature.
The group is also involved in ‘Theatre for Social Change’ projects and works to promote the use of the creative expression as a tool for empowerment and critical dialogue. “To this end, we conduct regular workshops, readings, training, and other activities in partnership with local and international organizations. We also conduct theatre education programmes and workshops with students of all ages. Since November 2016, our team has been running a not-for-profit cultural space and community center,” said the organizers. The event aims at bringing quality event for entertainment and discourse to the twin cities.